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to continue when my former colleague chuck hagel is confirmed, hopefully as early as next week. for all these reasons, i have long been a supporter of renewable fuels. i encourage the further development of an industry that is important both to our national security and to our farm economy. whether we are talking food or water or energy security, let me put it this way. in the future more crops in the field can mean fewer soldiers in the field. at the same time, as important as our defense capabilities are we also need to rebalance toward .he other three d's the us today spends more on defense than diplomacy, democracy, and development all put together. meanwhile in the past year china has more than doubled its investment in developing new agricultural technologies. those are the kinds of farsighted policies enabling china to emerge as a world power. which we, frankly, need to get back to. as we shift our focus and resources toward smarter, more constructive forms of international interaction it is critical that food security remain at the center for shaping this secure world. when it c
. at 10:30 we'll vote on his nomination. we expect to reconsidering the cloture vote on the hagel nomination to be secretary of defense tomorrow. we expect to consider the coming of knack including and the sequestration legislation by the end of this week. mr. president, the senate has a great deal to accomplish. including the long delayed confirmation of former senator chuck haigle to lead the defense department. this week the senate will consider two plans to avoid the across-the-board cuts. our economy the foundation or growth, congress must replace these cuts, the so-called sequester with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. democrats would temporarily replace this harsh austerity with a combination of smart spending reductions and measures that close corporate tax loopholes and end wasteful subsidies and ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little bit more. and would avoid harmful cuts to hurt american families, harm military readiness and hinder our economic recovery. families and businesses in every state in the nation in red states and blue states are at risk because
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